From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office August 8-14, 2011

Summary of Calls

August 8, 2011 at 7:58 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a rural Pleasant Dale, NE resident in reference to an abandoned vehicle.  The caller described the vehicle as a red, 1990’s Chevrolet pickup bearing no plates, located near 168th and Alvo Road.  Deputy Ron Down was assigned to investigate and responded to the location.  Deputy Down located the vehicle and advised there were two Craftsman mowers inside.  After attempting to contact the owner, the vehicle was towed for safekeeping and held until the owner could make arrangements to retrieve the vehicle and the lawn mowers.

August 9, 2011 at 12:10 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a Seward County Roads employee in regards to a pivot spraying on the roadway.  The caller advised the pivot, located near Highway #6 and A Street Road, was spraying onto A Street Road.  Sergeant Dan Nantkes was assigned to investigate and responded to the location.  Sergeant Nantkes made contact with the owner of the pivot and informed them of the situation.  The owner checked on the pivot and corrected the problem.

August 9, 2011 at 11:01 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a Burlington Northern employee in reference to trespassing.  The caller stated they saw two subjects walking on the railroad bridge over the Big Blue River, located near Highway 6 and First Street in Milford.  Deputy Ron Down was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location.  A Milford police officer also responded to assist.  Upon arrival, Deputy Down made contact with two female subjects, who stated they were walking on the railroad bridge.  Deputy Down gave both females a verbal warning in reference to trespassing on private property.

August 10, 2011 at 12:43 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Bee, NE resident regarding a theft from residence.  The caller advised an unknown suspect broke into a house, which is currently under construction, and stole tools and wire.  The caller also noted the house itself was vandalized.  Sergeant Tina Hitz was assigned to the investigation and made contact with the caller.  Deputy Ron Down was also assigned to the investigation and responded to the residence.  Deputy Down processed the scene for evidence.  This case is still under investigation by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office.

August 12, 2011 at 3:58 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a call from a rural Milford, NE resident in reference to a theft.   The caller advised they had approximately 90 gallons of gasoline stolen from their barrels.  The caller believed the gasoline was taken between Wednesday, August 10th and Thursday, August 11th.  Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene.  Upon arrival, Sheriff Yocum made contact with the caller, who advised a handle to the barrel was also cut off.  The caller stated the value of the handle to be $10 and the value of the gasoline to be approximately $358.  Sheriff Joe Yocum completed a theft report.

This case is still under investigation and Sheriff Joe Yocum is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact him by calling 402-643-2359.  Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334.  Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

August 14, 2011 at 3:40 a.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a Grover, NE resident regarding loud music.  The caller stated there was loud music emitting from a nearby four-plex apartment, which could be heard from the caller’s residence.  Deputy Shannon Stone was assigned to investigate and responded to the location.  A Milford police officer also responded to assist.  Upon arrival, Deputy Stone and the Milford Police Officer were unable to locate any loud music coming from the location given by the caller.

 Summary of Other Calls

A total of 63 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives.  A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

5          Animal Livestock Out

4          Assist Agency

2          Community Service

5          Motorist Assist

4          Theft

3          Traffic – Hazard

5          Traffic – Reckless Driving

4          Traffic – Parking

3          Warrant Transport

Detention Center Summary

On August 9, 2011, 25 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions.  On that day, there were:

19 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

1 female incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

1 male at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln

1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

1 male on GPS House Arrest

2 females Platte County Detention Center

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office August 1-7, 2011

Summary of Calls

August 2, 2011 at 3:01 p.m.

The Seward County E911 Center received a report from a Lincoln resident in reference to one-car rollover accident.  The caller told the dispatcher that he and his passengers, a 21 year-old pregnant female, a 4 year-old female suffered injuries in the accident that occurred at 224th and Raymond Road.  Sergeant Tina Hitz along with Garland and Seward Fire/Rescue responded to the scene.  The injured parties were later transported to the Seward Memorial Hospital.  Sgt. Hitz conducted and on-site accident investigation and later had the 2005 Ford Escape towed from the scene.

August 3, 2011 at 6:33 a.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a call from a Seward convenience store regarding a $20.00 fail-to-pay gas drive-off that had just occurred.  Seward police and county deputies were advised to watch for a Ford Taurus car.  Chief Deputy Dan Hejl observed the vehicle near mm 309 on Highway #34 and contacted the male driver.  Subsequently, the male driver was identified and it was determined that he had inadvertently forgotten to pay for the fuel.  Arrangements were made for the driver to pay for the fuel and he was released.  No further law enforcement intervention.

August 4, 2011 at 4:38 p.m.

The Seward County E911 Center received a call from the York Sheriff’s Office in reference to a two vehicle accident on I-80 near the Utica Interchange.  Information was received that a motorcycle driver had struck the rear of a trailer.  Deputy Ron Down responded to the scene along with Utica Fire/Rescue personnel.  Upon arrival, Deputy Down contacted a Nebraska State trooper and assisted with the accident investigation/traffic control.  Sgt. Tina Hitz also responded and assisted at the scene of the injury accident.  The scene was cleared and all county units assigned returned to service at 5:17 p.m.

August 4, 2011 at 11:40 p.m.

The Saline County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Seward County Communications Center requesting assistance from a county K9 unit with locating a suspected intoxicated subject that fled from authorities near Friend, NE.  Sergeant Mike Vance was contacted regarding the request and he authorized Deputy Josh Alloway to respond to the area to assist Saline County authorities. A male subject was located and identified in connection with the Saline County incident.  Deputy Alloway and his K9 partner returned to service at approximately 1:45 a.m.

August 6, 2011 at 9:47 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a report from a Milford, NE resident regarding someone shooting fireworks north of town in the county.  Deputy Shannon Stone and a Milford police officer were assigned to investigate.  Law enforcement contacted the subjects involved and no illegal activity was noted.  No law enforcement intervention taken as no violations were observed.

Summary of Other Calls

A total of 72 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives.  A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

3          Accidents with Injuries

2          Animal – Cruelty to

5          Animal Livestock Out

5          Assist Agency

2          Coroner Calls

1          Domestic Disturbances

9          Motorist Assists

5          Pivot on Roadway

3          Property Damage

1          Suspicious

1          Traffic Hazard

2          Traffic (Reckless Driving)

2          Traffic (Parking)

2          Welfare Check

Detention Center Summary

On August 2, 2011, 27 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions.  On that day, there were:

22 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

2 females incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

1 male at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln

1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

1 male on GPS House Arrest

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office July 25-31, 2011

Summary of Calls

July 25, 2011 at 7:23 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a Pleasant Dale, NE resident in reference to vandalism.  The caller advised a vehicle drove across their property, ruining their lawn and damaging a terra cotta pot, valued at $25, in the process.   Deputy Ron Down was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location.  Upon arrival, Deputy Down made contact with the caller and obtained a description of the suspect’s vehicle.  Deputy Down completed a property damage report and patrolled the village of Pleasant Dale, NE to locate the possible suspect vehicle.

On July 31, 2011, at approximately 9:13 p.m., the Seward County Communications Center received a call from the initial caller.  The caller stated they discovered the damage to their property had been caused unintentionally by a neighbor.  The caller advised that the incident was resolved.

July 25, 2011 at 9:32 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a call from a Seward, NE resident in regards to a one vehicle accident, located just east of 210th and Waverly Road.  The caller stated a family member was driving a red Ford Escape eastbound towards Garland when they lost control of the vehicle and drove into a field.  Deputy Ron Down was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene.  Deputy Shannon Stone also responded to the scene to assist.  Upon arrival, Deputy Down and Deputy Stone made contact with the caller, the driver of the vehicle as well as the owner of the property, who was on scene.  Deputy Down conducted an investigation and completed an accident report.

July 26, 2011 at 5:19 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a rural Cordova, NE resident in reference to a hit and run accident.  The caller advised approximately 20 to 30 minutes prior to calling, a dark gray Chevrolet pickup bearing Seward County plates, damaged their cement cattle feed box.  The caller also stated the driver of the vehicle, described as a white male wearing a baseball cap and glasses, left northbound from the scene in a hurry.  Deputy Ron Down was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location.  Deputy Down made contact with the caller, who advised the damage of the property was valued at $400.   Deputy Down completed a property damage report.

The Seward County Communications received a second call from the initial caller in regards to this incident on July 27, 2011. The caller provided Deputy Down with additional information regarding the suspect vehicle.  Deputy Down later made contact with a male suspect, who stated that he would be willing to make a arrangement with the victim regarding the damaged property.  The disposition of this case is still pending.

July 27, 2011 at 4:19 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a Seward, NE resident regarding a suspicious person.  The caller described a white male, approximately 5’10” with a medium built, wearing an orange shirt, was trying to sell stereo equipment from the back of a van.  The caller also advised the male suspect offered him home theater equipment with a believed value of $4000 for only $400.  The caller was able to provide a description of the suspect’s vehicle as a newer gray van with an out-of-state rear plate and no front plate.  All Seward County Sheriff personnel and Seward Police Department personnel were advised of the suspicious activity.  Sergeant Tina Hitz responded to the area of the suspect’s last known location and was unable to locate him or the van described by the caller.

July 28, 2011 at 3:09 a.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a report from a rural Seward, NE resident in reference to a domestic disturbance.  The caller advised a male subject was causing a disturbance at his mother’s residence. Deputy Nathen Gortemaker was assigned to investigate and responded to the location.  Upon arrival, Deputy Gortemaker made contact with the male party involved in the incident.  The male, later identified as Rodd Lutz, 26, was taken into custody on a Lincoln Police warrant.  Deputy Goretmaker also cited Mr. Lutz for suspicion of Possession of a Controlled Substance (suspected marijuana), less than an ounce, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.  Mr. Lutz was transported to the Seward County Detention Center, where he was booked and lodged.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., the Seward E911 Center received another call reference the same male subject in regards to trespassing.  The initial caller advised Mr. Lutz had returned to the residence after bonding out of the Detention Center.  The caller also stated that Mr. Lutz was not welcome at the residence.  Sergeant Tina Hitz was assigned to the call and responded to the residence.  Sergeant Dan Nantkes also responded to assist Sgt. Hitz with investigating the call.  Mr. Lutz was again taken into custody for suspicion of Trespassing and Domestic Assault.  Mr. Lutz was transported again to the Seward County Detention Center, where he was again booked and lodged.

 July 28, 2011 at 2:29 p.m.

 The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a Beaver Crossing, NE resident regarding a theft.  The caller stated their weedeater, which was loaned to a family member, was now missing from the family member’s garage.  Sergeant Dave Wood was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location.  Upon arrival, Sergeant Wood made contact with the caller, who described the stolen article as a Poulan brand weedeater.  As Sergeant Wood completed a theft report, he also learned that a burgundy case for the weedeater was taken as well.  Sergeant Wood later completed a theft report and is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact him by calling 402-643-2359.  Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334.  Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

July 28, 2011 at 8:01 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a Goehner, NE resident in reference to a burglary.  The caller advised various equipment was stolen from his out building.  The caller stated a red leaf blower, a steel orange and white chainsaw, and a green hedge trimmer were missing.  Deputy Ron Down was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene.  Deputy Down made contact with the caller, who believed the items were taken sometime on or about Tuesday July 26, 2011.  The caller also advised the value of the items to be $340.  Deputy Down processed the scene for evidence and completed a theft report.

This case is still under investigation and Deputy Ron Down is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact him by calling 402-643-2359.  Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334.  Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

 July 29, at 10:20 p.m.

 Deputy Nathen Gortemaker requested assistance from Sergeant Mike Vance and Deputy Ron Down after receiving information regarding a suspected liquor violation at a business in Utica.  During the investigation, information was received by Sergeant Vance and Deputy Gortemaker that will be submitted to the Seward County Attorney and the Liquor Control Commission for review and consideration regarding possible violation of Nebraska statutes and/or Liquor Commission regulations.  The Seward County Sheriff’s Office was assisted with this investigation by the Seward County Attorney and the Nebraska State Patrol.

July 31, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a call regarding an accident, located eastbound on Interstate 80, near mile marker 369.  The caller advised witnessing an accident between two campers, which was now blocking both lanes of travel.  The caller did not believe there to be any serious injuries.  Sergeant Mike Vance was assigned to investigate and responded to the location.  Deputy Chad Smith also responded to the scene to assist.  The Nebraska State Patrol was asked to assist with traffic control.  Prior to Sergeant Vance and Deputy Smith’s arrival, a second call was received by the Seward E911 Center in reference to another accident near the same location.  Upon arrival, Sergeant Vance and Deputy Smith made contact with the occupants.  Sergeant Vance requested rescue as one of the occupants had a possible neck injury.  Beaver Crossing Rescue personnel and Goehner First- Responders personnel were advised and responded to the scene.  Sergeant Vance conducted an investigation and completed an accident report.

Summary of Other Calls

A total of 80 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives.  A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

3          Animal Livestock Out

2          Assist Agency

2          Disturbances

1          Fire of Vehicle

4          Liquor – Other

10        Motorist Assists

2          Pivot on Roadway

6          Suspicious

2          Traffic Hazard

3          Traffic (Reckless Driving)

4          Traffic (Parking)

1          Welfare Check

 Detention Center Summary

On August 2, 2011, 27 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions.  On that day, there were:

22 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

2 females incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

1 male at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln

1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

1 male on GPS House Arrest

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office July 18-24, 2011

Narrative Summary of Calls

 July 18, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from the Council Bluffs, IA Communications Center in reference to an attempt to locate.  The caller advised a nine month pregnant female was possibly abducted by her ex-husband.  The caller also stated the two were last seen travelling in a black Chevrolet Impala bearing Iowa plates, unknown balance.  Investigators determined that an AT&T cell phone had activated a cell tower in the Pleasant Dale, NE area at about 1:15 p.m.  Sergeant Dave Wood was assigned to investigate and responded to the area to check for the suspect vehicle.  Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum and Sergeant Mike Vance also responded to the area to assist in the search.  All Seward County Sheriff personnel were unable to locate the vehicle after a thorough search of the Pleasant Dale, NE area.

 July 18, 2011 at 5:29 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from off duty Correctional Officer Tanya Woolsey regarding a possible welfare check.  Correctional Officer Woolsey advised an older-looking female, described as wearing a light colored plaid shirt and blue jeans, was walking northbound along Highway 15.  The female was observed entering a cornfield just east of the highway.  Correctional Officer Woolsey stated she was concerned for the welfare of the female due to the recent heat advisory.  Sergeant Mike Vance was assigned to investigate and responded to the area.  Deputy Ron Down and Deputy Chad Smith also responded to the area to assist.  While checking the area, Sergeant Vance located the 70 year-old female just north of Raymond Road.  After further investigation,  the female subject it was taken into emergency protective custody.  Deputy Stone transported the elderly female to the Crisis Center in Lincoln, NE for further care and assistance.

July 20, 2011 at 9:09 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a rural Seward, NE resident in reference to terroristic threats.  The caller advised receiving threatening messages on their Facebook account from their former spouse.  Deputy Ron Down was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location.  Deputy Down made contact with the caller and discovered the former spouse currently resided in Missouri.  Deputy Down advised Missouri authorities of the situation, requesting them to locate and make contact with the subject in question.  After further investigation,  it was determined that  the messages were not directed towards the caller.  No further law enforcement intervention.

July 21, 2011 at 1:35 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a report from a passer-by in reference to a one vehicle accident, near Highway 6 and Van Dorn in Seward, NE.  The caller advised witnessing the driver of a Toyota Tacoma lose control of their vehicle and hit a bridge.  The caller made contact with the driver who was complaining of chest pain.  Sergeant Tina Hitz was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene along with Milford Rescue personnel.  Upon arrival, Sergeant Hitz and Milford Rescue personnel made contact with the driver, who was treated and released on scene.  Sergeant Hitz completed an accident report.

July 23, 2011 at 5:15 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a call from a rural Garland, NE resident regarding a domestic disturbance.  The caller advised a verbal argument occurred with their fiancée, who returned home from drinking at a bar.  The caller also noted their fiancée broke their cell phone.  Sergeant Mike Vance was assigned to the investigation and responded to the scene.  Deputy Josh Alloway also responded to the location to assist.  Upon arrival, Sergeant Vance made contact with both subjects.  After further investigation, Sergeant Vance discovered the argument was verbal, not physical, and the situation had de-escalated.  Sergeant Vance counseled the subjects and later departed.  No further law enforcement intervention required.

July 24, 2011 at 10:47 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a Bee, NE resident in reference to a disturbance.  The caller advised they could hear screaming from a neighbor’s residence, which was located just to the north of them.  The caller stated a female lived there with her four children.  Deputy Shannon Stone was assigned to the investigation and responded to the scene.  Sergeant Mike Vance also responded to assist.  Upon arrival, Deputy Stone and Sergeant Vance made contact with a female subject, who resided at the house where the disturbance occurred.  After further investigation, it was discovered the female, and mother, was having difficulty controlling one of her children, as the juvenile was misbehaving and not following the rules set by her.  No further law enforcement intervention required.

Summary of Other Calls

A total of 79 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives.  A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

3          Abandoned Vehicle

4          Accidents (With Injuries and Without Injuries)

4          Animal Livestock Out

2          Arrest Warrant

3          Assist Other Agencies

2          K9 Assist/Drugs

8          Motorists Assist

2          Pivot on Road

2          Traffic (Driving Under the Influence)

5          Traffic Hazard

4          Traffic (Reckless Driving)

3          Welfare Check

Detention Center Summary

On July 12, 2011, 24 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions.  On that day, there were:

19 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

2 females incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

1 male at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln

1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

1 male on GPS House Arrest

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office July 11-17, 2011

Narrative Summary of Calls

 July 12, 2011 at 11:52 a.m.

             The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a Lincoln, NE resident in reference to a possible death investigation.  The caller stated they found a female relative, a rural Milford, NE resident, deceased in their home.  The caller advised the 75 year old relative mentioned not feeling well the night prior.  Sergeant Tina Hitz was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location along with Milford Rescue personnel.  Upon arrival to the location, authorities entered the residence and determined the female had expired.  Sheriff’s Office personnel was assisted with the investigation by members of the Seward County Attorney’s Office and the County Corner.

 July 12, 2011 at 4:27 p.m. 

            The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Pleasant Dale, NE resident regarding fraudulent credit card charges.  The caller advised there were two separate charges to their Cornhusker Bank debit card.  The caller discovered the charges when they received a call from a department store confirming an order.  The two charges in question totaled to a value of $847.89.  Sergeant Tina Hitz was assigned to investigate and made contact with the intended victim.  Sergeant Hitz learned that the intended victim was able to cancel the orders made on their debit card.

July 12, 2011 at 6:56 p.m.

            The Seward County Communications Center received a call from the Child Protective Services Hotline in reference to a sexual assault.  The caller advised the incident occurred in rural Seward, NE and involved two juveniles.  Deputy Nathen Gortemaker was assigned to the investigation and responded the location.  Upon arrival, Deputy Gortemaker made contact with parties involved.  A Child Protective Services caseworker was also assigned to assist with the investigation.  The investigation is still on-going by the Seward Sheriff’s Office at this time.

 July 12, 2011 at 9:40 p.m.

            The Seward E911 Center received a call from a Beaver Crossing, NE resident regarding cruelty to animals.  The caller stated an unknown subject shot the caller’s cat with an arrow.  Sergeant Mike Vance was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location.  Upon arrival, Sergeant Vance made contact with the caller.  Sergeant Vance also checked the area for any subjects using bows and arrows.  On July 14, 2011, Deputy Nathen Gortemaker conducted a follow up investigation.  Deputy Gortemaker made contact with a subject of interest.  This case is still under investigation.

 July 15, 2011 at 8:34 p.m.

             The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a rural Milford, NE resident in reference to a neighbor yelling and throwing things at other residents.  The caller also stated they did not feel safe due to the neighbor’s behavior.  Deputy Nathen Goretmaker was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene.  Deputy Shannon Stone and Deputy Josh Alloway also responded to the location to assist.  Upon arrival, Deputy Gortemaker and Deputy Stone made contact with the neighbor, the male suspect, and other residents.  After further investigation, Mr. Michael Donnermeyer, 57 was taken into custody for Suspicion of Disturbing the Peace.  The suspect was transported to the Seward County Detention Center, where he was booked and lodged.

July 17, 2011 at 10:18 a.m.

            Deputy Chad Smith conducted a traffic stop on a red, Plymouth Voyager bearing Arkansas plates, westbound on Interstate 80, near mile marker 374.  During the traffic stop, Deputy Smith received consent to search the vehicle.  Upon completion of the search, Deputy Smith located several items consistent with making false identifications and social security cards.  The driver, Francisco Espinoza, 19 from Ceylon, Minnesota was taken into custody for Suspicion of Identity Fraud.  The suspect was transported to the Seward County Detention Center, where he was booked and lodged.  Espinoza later posted a $1,000 cash bond and was released.

 July 17, 2011 at 4:01 p.m.

            Sergeant Mike Vance initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle westbound on Interstate 80, near mile marker 373.  During the traffic stop, it was discovered one of the occupants of the vehicle was a possible member of a terrorist organization.  Deputy Chad Smith responded to the location of the traffic stop to assist Sergeant Vance.  During the subsequent investigation, Sergeant Vance was advised to contact the FBI Terrorist Screening Center.  Upon contacting the Center, Sergeant Vance was asked to conduct a field interview to obtain current information regarding the subject and their activities.  Sergeant Vance completed a field interview report and advised the FBI TSC of the information he received.

Summary of Other Calls

A total of 80 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives.  A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

4          Abandoned Vehicle

3          Child Abuse/Neglect

3          Accident Animal

2          Assist Agency

3          Coroner Calls

1          Fire of Vehicle

1          Game & Parks Violation

13        Motorist Assist

3          Traffic (Driving Under Influence)

4          Traffic (Reckless Driving)

3          Vacation/Residence Checks

2          Welfare Checks

Detention Center Summary

 On July 12, 2011, 25 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions.  On that day, there were:

 21 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

2 females incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

1 male at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln

1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office July 4-10, 2011

Narrative Summary of Calls 

July 4, 2011 at 1:32 a.m.

            The Seward County E911 Center received a call from a Milford police officer regarding a possible disturbance in the Coon Creek area, just south of Milford, NE.  The Milford officer received a report stating there was a lot of yelling at a residence just in across the bridge in county jurisdiction.  Deputy Shannon Stone was assigned to investigate and responded to the location.  Deputy Josh Alloway, Reserve Deputy Tim Huntington along with the Milford officer responded to the scene to assist.  Upon arrival, law enforcement learned that an argument occurred between a male and female party, who had since left the residence.  After further investigation, the two involved parties were located and the male party was taken into custody for suspicion of Third Degree Domestic Assault, Child Endangerment, and Disturbing the Peace.  Deputy Stone transported the male suspect to the Seward County Detention Center, where he was booked and lodged.  

July 5, 2011 at 4:03 p.m.

             The Seward County E911 Center received a call from a rural Milford, NE resident regarding a possible child neglect incident.  The caller stated their daughter along with her boyfriend went to a party.  While at the party, someone added a flammable substance into the bonfire, which subsequently led to the daughter receiving burns.  The caller was unsure of the exact location of the party, but believed it was somewhere near Milford.  Deputy Nathen Goretmaker was assigned to the investigation.  Deputy Gortemaker initiated an investigation and obtained further information regarding the details of the incident and injuries the daughter received.  Subsequently, it was determined that the incident actually occurred in Butler County. Butler County authorities were briefed on the information and the investigation referred to their personnel.

 July 5, 2011 at 4:10 p.m.

             The Seward E911 Center received numerous calls regarding a one vehicle rollover accident, located westbound on Interstate 80, just past mile marker 373.  Callers stated the vehicle was located in the grass median and believed a male occupant was trapped inside.  Deputy Ron Down was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene.  Goehner Rescue and Beaver Crossing Rescue personnel also responded to the location to assist.  Upon arrival, Deputy Down made contact with the male driver as well as two other passengers in the vehicle.  The three occupants were transported to Seward Memorial Hospital, where the two passengers were treated for their injuries and released.  The driver of the vehicle was later transported to Bryan LGH West for further treatment.  Deputy Down completed an accident investigation form.

 July 6, 2011 at 12:09 a.m.

             The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Seward, NE resident in reference a possible sex offense.  Per the Seward County Attorney, the investigation was referred to the Nebraska State Patrol.

 July 7, 2011 at 1:01 a.m.

             The Seward E911 Center received a report from a Utica, NE resident regarding a welfare check.  The caller advised they can hear a person yelling for help, but the caller was unsure of the location of the person needing assistance.  Deputy Nathen Gortemaker was assigned to the investigation and responded to the area.  Deputy Ron Down along with Utica Rescue personnel responded to assist.  Upon arrival, Deputy Gortemaker located and made contact with a handicapped male subject, who was in need of assistance.  Deputy Gortemaker discovered the male subject, who had fallen from his wheelchair and was unable to get up from the ground just outside a vehicle he had exited.

July 9, 2011 at 4:08 p.m.

             The Seward County Communications Center received a call in reference to two male subjects, in a silver Chevrolet Blazer, believed to be smoking a bong.  The caller stated the vehicle was parked on the shoulder facing westbound on Interstate 80, near mile marker 386.  Sergeant Mike Vance was assigned to investigate and responded to the location.  Deputy Chad Smith also responded to assist.  Upon arrival, Sergeant Vance and Deputy Smith made contact with the occupants of the vehicle.  After further investigation, the occupants were issued citations for suspicion of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

July 10, 2011 at 11:10 p.m.

            Sergeant Mike Vance attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a Toyota bearing California plates, eastbound on Interstate 80, near mile marker 385.  Sergeant Vance informed the Seward County Communications Center the vehicle was refusing to pull over, even though his emergency lights were activated.  Sergeant Vance also advised the vehicle was travelling at a low speed and had made four possible attempts to pull over before re-entering the roadway.  A pursuit, at low speeds, was initiated.  Deputy Josh Alloway, Reserve Deputy Tim Huntington, and the Nebraska State Patrol also responded to assist.  Sergeant Vance then notified the E911 Center and responding officials that at mile marker 390, the vehicle pulled over.  Upon contact with the driver, it was discovered the driver was confused about the situation and stated they did not know what to do. 

Summary of Other Calls

A total of 80 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives.  A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

2          Abandoned Vehicle

3          Child Abuse/Neglect

4          Accident (Animal, With Injuries, and Without Injuries)

2          Alarm Intrusion

4          Animal Calls (Livestock Out, Lost, and Other)

2          Criminal Mischief

2          Hitchhiker

1          K9 Assist/Drugs        

8          Motorist Assist

2          Property Found

3          Suspicious

3          Traffic (Driving While Intoxicated)

11        Traffic (Reckless Driving, Speeding, Parking, and Other)

 Detention Center Summary

On July 6, 2011, 25 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions.  On that day, there were:

21 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

2 females incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

1 male at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln

1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office June 27-July 3, 2011

Narrative Summary of Calls

June 30, 2011 at 12:53 a.m.

 The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a Milford, NE resident regarding a large number of vehicles which were vandalized.  The caller advised while looking for their dog, they observed around 40 to 50 vehicles had writing on the windows.  The caller also noticed four people, all who were described as wearing dark or black clothing, running away from the area of Maple and A Street.  A Milford officer was assigned to investigate and responded to the location.  Deputy Ron Down also responded to assist.  Upon arrival to the location, Deputy Down patrolled the entire town of Milford and was unable to locate any of the suspicious people described by the caller.  This case is still under investigation.

 June 30, 2011 at 2:36 p.m.

 The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a rural Seward, NE resident in reference to a theft.  The caller stated they just noticed three chainsaws are missing from their property.  The caller also believed the incident occurred sometime within the last two weeks.  Sergeant Dave Wood was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene.  Upon arrival, Sergeant Wood made contact with the caller and completed a theft report.

 This case is still under investigation and Sergeant Dave Wood is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact him by calling 402-643-2359.  Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334.  Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

 July 1, 2011 at 5:10 p.m.

 The Seward E911 Center received numerous calls regarding a two vehicle, injury accident, located near 238th Road and Holdrege Road.  One of the callers advised an Emergency Medical Technician was on scene at the time.  Deputy Josh Alloway was assigned to the investigation and responded to the scene along with Milford Fire Rescue personnel.  A Milford police officer also responded to the location to assist with traffic control.  Deputy Alloway completed an accident investigation report.

July 1, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Beaver Crossing, NE resident in reference to a theft.  The caller, who was a recent victim of battery theft, advised they noticed two more batteries had been stolen from their combine.  Deputy Josh Alloway was assigned to investigate and made contact with the caller via phone.  The caller stated they wanted a deputy to respond to their residence in the morning to process the scene for evidence.  The caller also believed the two batteries were missing the day after the first report of theft.  Deputy Chad Smith was subsequently assigned to the investigation and responded to the location the following morning.  Deputy Smith processed the scene for evidence and completed a theft report.

This case is still under investigation and Deputy Chad Smith is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact him by calling 402-643-2359.  Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334.  Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

July 2, 2011 at 8:41 a.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Beaver Crossing, NE resident regarding a theft from a residence.  The caller advised their farmhouse garage was broken into and a large amount of tools were stolen.  The caller also believed the incident occurred sometime within the last week or two.  Deputy Chad Smith was assigned to the investigation and responded to the scene.  Upon arrival, Deputy Smith made contact with the caller, processed the scene for evidence, and completed a theft report.

 This case is still under investigation and Deputy Chad Smith is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact him by calling 402-643-2359.  Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334.  Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

 

Summary of Other Calls

A total of 28 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives.  A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

 

2          Accidents (Without Injuries and Injuries)

2          Arrest (Driving Under Suspended and Other)

2          Civil Keep the Peace

1          Dog Bite

1          Fireworks Discharge

4          Motorist Assist

2          Theft

2          Traffic (Reckless Driving)

Detention Center Summary

On June 28, 2011, 26 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions.  On that day, there were:

 21 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

2 females incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center

2 males at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln

1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office June 20-26, 2011

Narrative Summary of Calls

June 20, 2011 at 6:46 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received numerous calls in reference to a semi tractor-trailer rollover, located eastbound on Interstate 80, near mile marker 375. The callers believed the driver of the semi tractor-trailer was trapped inside with possible injuries. Sergeant Mike Vance was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene along with Seward Fire & Rescue personnel and Goehner Fire and First Responder personnel. Upon arrival, authorities made contact with the semi tractor-trailer driver. The driver was conscious and was later transported to Seward Memorial Hospital for their injuries. Due to the accident, a large amount of oil spilled onto the I-80. The Nebraska Department of Roads was notified to aid in the clean-up of the oil spill. Sergeant Vance received assistance during the accident investigation from troopers with the Nebraska State Patrol.

June 20, 2011 at 8:02 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Beaver Crossing, NE resident regarding a possible phone scam. The caller advised they were contacted by a man, described with a heavy accent, wanting a $4,000 government stamp in return for the caller receiving $25 million and a new car. The caller also stated they were not able to obtain a phone number. The caller noted no transaction was made as they were not sure where to obtain a government stamp. Deputy Shannon Stone was assigned to investigate. No further law enforcement action.

June 20, 2011 at 9:52 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a call from an employee at the Spare Time Lounge in Seward, NE regarding a domestic disturbance between a male, described as wearing a gray shirt and a baseball cap on backwards, and female, described as wearing a black tank top, party. Officers from the Seward Police Department were assigned to the investigation and responded to the scene. Sergeant Mike Vance, Deputy Shannon Stone, and Reserve Deputy Adam Vandeloo also responded to assist. Upon arrival, local authorities made contact with the male and female subject. After further investigation, the male suspect was taken into custody by Seward officers for suspicion of Third Degree Assault on an Officer, Disturbing the Peace, Resisting Arrest, and Obstruction of a Police Officer. The male suspect was transported to the Seward County Detention Center, where he was booked and lodged.

June 21, 2011 at 10:42 a.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a Utica, NE in reference to a theft. The caller stated they had, at least, $500 worth of tools stolen from their vehicle. The caller believed the tools were taken sometime within the last two weeks. Sergeant Dave Wood was assigned to investigate and responded to the location. Upon arrival, Sergeant Wood made contact with the caller and completed a theft report.

This case is still under investigation and Sergeant Dave Wood is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact him by calling 402-643-2359. Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334. Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

June 25, 2011 at 6:01 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a Garland, NE resident regarding a theft from their home. The caller advised, sometime during the night, an unknown subject entered the residence and stole two bows, a bow case, and arrows. The caller noted the value of the stolen items to range from $1000 to $1500. Deputy Josh Alloway was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene. Upon arrival, Deputy Alloway made contact with the caller, who advised further descriptions of the stolen items. Deputy Alloway processed the scene for evidence and completed a theft report.

This case is still under investigation and Deputy Josh Alloway is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact him by calling 402-643-2359. Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334. Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

June 26, 2011 at 1:09 a.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a member of the Beaver Crossing Fire Rescue personnel requesting assistance from a deputy regarding a fight in progress. The caller advised multiple subjects involved in a physical altercation right outside the Beaver Crossing Fire Department. Deputy Josh Alloway was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene. Deputy Shannon Stone and Reserve Deputy Huntington also responded to assist along with members of the Friend, NE Police Department and Saline County Sheriff’s Office. Upon arrival to the scene, authorities made contact with the parties involved in the altercation. After further investigation, Deputy Alloway took one of the male suspects involved in the altercation into custody for suspicion of Third Degree Assault, Disturbing the Peace, Resisting Arrest, and for Obstructing a Police Officer. Deputy Stone transported the male suspect to the Seward County Detention Center, where he was booked and lodged.

Summary of Other Calls

A total of 74 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives. A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

3 Accident Animal
2 Accident with Injuries
2 Alarm Monitoring
6 Assist Other Agencies
2 Domestic Disturbances
2 Harassing Phone Calls
2 Juvenile Welfare
6 Motorist Assist
4 Public Title Inspections
3 Suspicious
5 Traffic (Parking)
3 Welfare Check

Detention Center Summary

On June 21, 2011, 21 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions. On that day, there were:

17 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center
1 females incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center
2 males at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln
1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office – June 13-19, 2011

Narrative Summary of Calls

June 13, 2011 at 8:15 p.m.
The Seward E911 Center received a report from a rural Beaver Crossing, NE resident regarding a possible fraudulent vehicle identification number, VIN, on their van. The caller also advised, due to the fact of notifying authorities, they were being threatened by the person they purchased the van from. Deputy Shannon Stone was assigned to the investigation and responded to the scene. Sergeant Mike Vance also responded to the location to assist. Upon arrival, Deputy Stone and Sergeant Vance made contact with the caller, who advised they recently purchased the van from an auto body shop in Lincoln, NE. After further investigation, Deputy Stone and Sergeant Vance discovered the vehicle had two different VIN plates. The vehicle was seized and held for further investigation. This case is still under investigation by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.

June 13, 2011 at 11:45 p.m.
The Seward County Communications Center received a call from a Utica, NE resident in reference to a domestic disturbance. The caller advised they had a verbal argument with their spouse, which later became physical. The caller noted their spouse was throwing things and had hit them in the head. The caller also stated they were outside the resident at the time and were afraid to go back inside. A Seward County Communications dispatcher advised the caller to remain outside the residence until deputies arrived. Deputy Shannon Stone was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene along with Sergeant Mike Vance, who responded to assist. Upon arrival at the residence, Deputy Stone and Sergeant Vance made contact with the caller, who also advised that they were allegedly physically assaulted. The caller stated this incident was not the first physical altercation. After further investigation, a male suspect was taken into custody for suspicion of Third Degree Domestic Assault. Deputy Stone transported the suspect to the Seward County Detention Center, where they were booked and lodged.

June15, 2011 at 6:40 a.m.
The Seward E911 Center received a call from a rural Ulysses, NE resident regarding a suspicious vehicle located in the middle of the road. The caller described the vehicle as a beat up, black pickup truck with a camper attached, bearing Nebraska 10 county plates. The caller also advised damages to his farm field from the pickup truck going in and out. Sergeant Dan Nantkes was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location. Upon arrival, Sergeant Nantkes determined the vehicle was reported stolen from Columbus, NE. Sergeant Nantkes notified the Columbus Police regarding the recovery of the stolen vehicle and later contacted the registered owner regarding the recovery of their vehicle.

June 15, 2011 at 8:03 p.m.
The Seward County Communications Center was advised by Sergeant Tina Hitz of a phone call she received from a rural Beaver Crossing, NE resident regarding a theft. The caller stated they noticed three batteries were stolen from two of their passenger vehicles and a dump truck. The caller believed the theft may have occurred sometime before June 4, 2011, as this was the time the caller noticed the missing batteries. The caller also advised the value of the batteries to be $50 a piece. Sergeant Hitz completed a theft report.
This case is still under investigation and Sergeant Tina Hitz is requesting anyone with information about this crime to contact her by calling 402-643-2359. Individuals that want to remain anonymous are encouraged to call the Seward County Crime Stoppers hotline at 402-643-3334. Crime Stoppers offers anonymous callers a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of any individual criminally involved in this or other similar cases.

June 17, 2011 at 10:04 a.m.
The Seward E911 Center received a call from a Pleasant Dale, NE resident in reference to a domestic disturbance. The caller advised their upstairs neighbors were involved in a physical altercation. The caller reported observing the male subject allegedly assault the female subject. Sergeant Tina Hitz was assigned to the investigation and responded to the scene. Chief Deputy Dan Hejl and Deputy Chad Smith also responded to the location to assist. Upon arrival, Sergeant Hitz, Chief Deputy Hejl, and Deputy Smith made contact with the two individuals involved in the domestic disturbance. After further investigation, Sergeant Hitz placed the male suspect into custody for suspicion of Third Degree Domestic Assault. Deputy Smith transported the male suspect to the Seward County Detention Center, where he was booked and lodged.

June 17, 2011 at 6:03 p.m.
The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a Goehner, NE resident regarding three female juveniles riding a three-wheeler in town recklessly. The caller stated the female juveniles were continually running a stop sign and the caller was concerned for their safety. Deputy Josh Alloway was assigned to investigate and responded to the location. Upon arrival, Deputy Alloway made contact with the three female juveniles. The juveniles were escorted to one of their parents’ residence, where Deputy Alloway made contact with a parent. Deputy Alloway informed both the parent and the three female juveniles regarding the ordinance regarding the operation of a three-wheel vehicle and warned them that further reckless behavior would result in the three-wheeler being impounded.

June 18, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
The Seward E911Center received a report from a Lincoln, NE resident, who was camping at the Arrowhead RV Park in Goehner. The caller stated they discovered a female staying with them unresponsive. The caller informed the dispatcher that they were unable to awaken the female. Deputy Chad Smith was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene along with Goehner Rescue and Beaver Crossing Rescue personnel. Upon arrival to the scene, it was determined that the 47 year-old female had expired. Deputy Smith was assisted with the investigation by members of the Seward County Attorney’s Office and County Coroner.

June 19, 2011 at 10:15 a.m.
The Seward E911 Center received a call from an employee at the Milford, NE Rest Area, located eastbound on Interstate 80, near mile marker 381, regarding an abandoned vehicle. The caller stated they observed a gray, 2000 Nissan Xterra SUV, bearing in-transits, had been sitting in the parking lot since 6:30 a.m. The caller also advised not seeing anyone around the vehicle all morning. Deputy Chad Smith was assigned to investigate and responded to the location. Upon arrival, Deputy Smith made contact with a male and female that was later determined to be the owners of the vehicle. After further investigation, Deputy Smith determined the male subject had an outstanding Buffalo County warrant for his arrest. The male subject was taken into custody for the Buffalo County warrant and also cited for suspicion of obtaining/possessing three false identifications. The male subject was transported to the Seward County Detention Center to await transport by Buffalo County. The female subject was also cited for suspicion of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Summary of Other Calls
A total of 79 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives. A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:
3 911 Hang Up
2 Alarm Monitoring
4 Animal Injured/Sick
3 Animal Livestock Out
3 Assist Other Agencies
2 Fraud
2 Liquor (MIP & Other)
8 Motorist Assists
2 Protection Order Violations
7 Suspicious
7 Traffic (Reckless Driving)
3 Welfare Checks

Detention Center Summary

On June 14, 2011, 21 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions. On that day, there were:

17 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center
1 female incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center
2 males at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln
1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh

From the Seward County Sheriff’s Office June 6-12, 2011

Narrative Summary of Calls

June 6, 2011 at 2:52 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Beaver Crossing, NE resident regarding a suspicious vehicle. The caller stated a vehicle, described as a white pickup truck, was seen entering the caller’s driveway, at approximately 10:30 a.m. The caller also advised the occupants within the white pickup were trying to sell equipment out of the back of the pickup. The caller did observe a welder with related equipment in the bed of the pickup truck. Deputy Chad Smith was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location. Deputy Smith made contact with the caller, who stated they have not seen the white pickup after the initial contact; however, wanted to make law enforcement aware of the suspicious vehicle. Deputy Smith checked the area and later advised the caller to contact the Seward County Sheriff’s Office if the white pickup truck is observed in the area or if there is any suspicious activity.

June 6, 2011 at 4:23 p.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a call from an employee at the Garland, NE Post Office in reference to a suspicious letter. The caller advised the letter consisted of comments made on various, random topics. The caller was concerned and believed it was necessary for law enforcement to view the letter. Deputy Chad Smith was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location. Deputy Smith made contact with the caller, who informed Deputy Smith of a possible suspect who may be the alleged author of the letter. Deputy Smith conducted a thorough investigation at the scene. At this time, the investigation is still on-going by the Seward County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from U.S. Postal inspectors.

June 8, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Pleasant Dale, NE resident regarding a trespass on their property. The caller advised they live near the construction site, located at Highway 6 and Nebraska 103. The caller observed a black, Lexus SUV, bearing Nebraska plates, drive up their driveway then through their pasture in order to get back onto the road. Sergeant Dan Nantkes was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location. Sergeant Nantkes made contact with the caller and after further investigation, learned the identity of the Lexus’s registered owner.
On June 13, 2011, Seward County Sheriff Joe Yocum sent a warning letter, via mail, to the registered owner of the Lexus regarding the trespassing complaint.

June 9, 2011 at 9:54 a.m.

The Seward County Communications Center received a report from a rural Seward, NE resident in reference to a missing juvenile. The caller stated their sister, a 17 year old female, was last seen sometime around midnight on June 8, 2011. Sergeant Dave Wood was assigned to investigate and responded to the scene. Upon arrival to the location, Sergeant Wood made contact with the caller. After further investigation, Sergeant Wood discovered a note left from the missing female juvenile stating she was going to run away. The caller advised it may be possible her sister, the missing juvenile, may be in the company of a 17 year old male juvenile in the Crete, NE area. Sergeant Dave Wood filled out a missing person report, which was signed by the caller and the missing female juvenile was entered in the National Information Center. Sheriff Joe Yocum contacted the Crete Police Department and informed them of the missing person report. He also relayed the information and the identification of the male subject and requested they check his residence for the missing juvenile.

June 9, 2011 at 1:10 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received a report from a Lincoln, NE resident regarding a domestic disturbance. The caller stated they were just in a physical altercation with their significant other and, during the altercation, the caller’s glasses were broken. The caller also advised they were currently in a vehicle, which was being driven by the significant other’s friend. The Seward Police Department was assigned to investigate and responded to the surrounding area. Chief Deputy Hejl, Sergeant Dan Nantkes, and Sergeant Dave Wood also responded to assist. Chief Deputy Hejl located the vehicle and initiated a traffic stop near Highway 15 and Branched Oak Road. After further investigation, it was determined that the suspect was also a passenger in the vehicle. The suspect was identified as Gary G. Wichterich, 28 of Lincoln, NE. Mr. Wichterich was taken into custody for suspicion of Third Degree Domestic Assault. Chief Deputy Hejl transported the suspect to the Seward County Detention Center, where the suspect was booked and lodged.

June 11, 2011 at 4:26 p.m.

The Seward E911 Center received report from a rural Pleasant Dale, NE resident in reference to a burglary. The caller advised damages to their garage door and one other door, which leads into the residence from the garage. The caller noted the wood surrounding the door latches was broken. The caller also stated, at this time, they did not notice anything missing. Deputy Shannon Stone was assigned to the investigation and responded to the location. Upon arrival, Deputy Stone made contact with the caller. Deputy Stone observed the damages to both door latches and processed the scene for evidence. Deputy Stone advised the caller if they discovered any items missing or any additional damage to contact the Seward County Sheriff’s Office.

Summary of Other Calls

A total of 67 calls were received during the reporting period including the ones mentioned in the narratives. A summary of some of the other calls handled by the Sheriff’s Office included:

5 Accident Animal
6 Animal Calls (At Large, Barking Dog, Livestock Out, Vicious, Other)
2 Arrest DWI
2 Hitchhiker/Transient
1 Fraud
9 Motorist Assist
2 Property Damage
4 Suspicious
4 Traffic
4 Traffic (Reckless Driving)
2 Welfare Check

Detention Center Summary

On June 7, 2011, 31 individuals were in custody in connection with Seward County arrests/sentences/detentions. On that day, there were:

22 males incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center
6 females incarcerated at the Seward County Detention Center
2 males at the Diagnostic and Evaluation Center in Lincoln
1 male at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Tecumseh